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Reviews 359 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lately, there have been a couple sexual assault cases on our campus which are always quite scary, so I kind of feel safe, but I'm also scared sometimes. The security try to do a good job of keeping us safe though.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors really care about my academics and whenever I'm struggling in a class, my teacher will typically email me and ask to meet with me. They really want me to succeed which is wonderful. I love having a place where people really care about my education.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are not a lot of jobs on this campus which sucks, but the jobs that they do have available to every student are pretty decent.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a really great place on campus and I'm glad that I was put there because of the fact that it is sub-free and my room is very spacious. I'm able to easily reach all of my classes within five minutes from my dorm which is very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't typically attend any of the games at my school so I don't have much to say about the athletic life on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique is the fact that there is an open curriculum and there is self-gov which everyone follows. You don't have to take any classes that you don't want to and you can start off taking classes that actually interest you. My school is wonderful and if I had to go through the applying process all over again, I would probablly pick Grinnell again.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't really look into it

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had some good and bad professors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy South its like a community.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's not that important here.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You have control over your classes. But work still needs to be done.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crimes are rare, and I feel the school and student staffs as well altogether work hard to make students feel safe and in a way they succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses are demanding but super interesting. The professors are all really knowledgeable in their fields and have great achievements. But they also pay great attention to making the class more engaging by always open to new suggestions and innovation in teaching styles. I especially love the class size since it gives me more opportunity to engage in discussion with both classmates and the professors

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: THere are always jobs and internship/externship posted on the web, and events providing chance to network with alumni in various fields.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: People in my hall although different in cultures and habits but overall we get along well and they are very welcoming

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life so I think that's partly why I feel more involved because there are not exclusive cliques or similar groups

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit for sports is not too exciting but we are somewhat involved with rooting for school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love most things of Grinnell. The student body is welcoming and friendly ( not pretentious at all). I feel very comfortable voicing my thoughts because I know I will be heard and I think this is very important. The faculty and staffs are also super helpful. There seems like there's not a lot of things to do beside fixed and weekly parties and hangout, you can always find a niche and enjoy other types of entertainment as well. I don't think you would feel isolated at all even if you are no involved in the drinking culture. Courses are demanding, and takes up much time. But the materials is very interesting! I enjoy most classes I have had so far.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I really enjoy going here. It's a little too isolated which makes it hard to find things to do, but the amazing academics make up for it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like living on campus a lot but I wish things were a little more regulated.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the academics and the small classes. It allows students to form quality relationships with their teachers. I've only gone here one semester, and I've already been to one of my professor's houses!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Grinnell does a pretty good job of this, mostly due to the students' own concern with the issue. We demand accessible and concerned resources. For this reason, the groups that employ students, such as the Advocates or Peer Support group, are much better than those offered by the school. Recently though the school has started to improve its resources by hiring more counselors and generally trying to make aid easier to find.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The class size was and has been one of my favorite aspects of the school. It allows you to get closer with the brilliant professors and spend more time with your fellow students. All the classes I have taken so far had a large emphasis on discussion, which is also a must.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The CLS, from the few times that I have been there, has been extremely helpful. With help in polishing a resume or cover letter to finding resources that can put you in touch with alumni in your field, the CLS is great! They are accessible and the closeness of the community, like with the Externship program and alumni events, make me feel a wee bit less stressed about my future.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on what you are looking for and what you are willing to put up with. I cannot speak for North or East campus or off-campus housing because Main Hall has been my home for these two years. The South community is great and the closeness to the academic buildings is great.

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A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

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